■ Boris Johnson: Chequers is intellectual humiliation
BORIS JOHNSON has issued a blistering attack on Theresa May’s Brexit strategy just days before the Conservative Party conference.
The former foreign secretary described the prime minister’s Chequers plan as ‘a moral and intellectual humiliation for this country’ that will ‘cheat the electorate’ if implemented.
Mr Johnson accused the government and civil service of a ‘pretty invertebrate performance’ in negotiations and said there had been ‘a collapse of will by the British establishment to deliver on the mandate of the people’.
He said: ‘The Chequers proposals are the worst of both worlds. They are a moral and intellectual humiliation for this country. It is almost incredible that after two years this should be the opening bid of the British government.’
Mrs May’s Chequers plan was publicly rejected by EU leaders in Salzburg last week and both Labour and Tory Eurosceptics said they would vote against any such proposal.
■ Third Salisbury attack suspect ‘identified by police’
A THIRD Russian accomplice alleged to have helped plan the Salisbury nerve agent attack is reported to have been identified by police.
The man, from Russia’s military intelligence service the GRU, is understood to have visited Salisbury ahead of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The paper said the suspect was likely to have fed back details including the layout of the cul-de-sac where Mr Skripal lived and which door he used to enter and leave.
A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: ‘We will not be discussing any further details in what remains a live investigation.’
UK authorities believe two Russians, using the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, smeared the highly toxic Novichok chemical on a door handle at the Wiltshire home of former GRU officer Mr Skripal on March 4.
On Wednesday, the investigative group Bellingcat identified one of the suspects as Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga — a highly decorated GRU officer.
■ Key senator backs Kavanaugh in Supreme Court vote
DONALD TRUMP’S Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has gained the support of a key Republican senator.
The decision virtually ensures his nomination will advance to the full Senate a day after Mr Kavanaugh adamantly denied sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford, who insisted she was ‘100 per cent’ certain he did.
Moments before the panel convened, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, a member of the committee, announced he would vote to confirm Mr Kavanaugh (pictured).
Mr Flake said Mr Kavanaugh was entitled to the ‘presumption of innocence … absent corroborating evidence’.
Evidence before the panel saw Mr Kavanaugh angrily declared his innocence and Ms Ford calmly recount the moment in which she says he attacked her.